Friday 5 February | Lisa Robertson

For her #100DaysOfGreenNevis project, violinist Lisa Robertson is keeping a tree diary to learn more about the role trees play both in the environment and our culture, with inspiration feeding into her composition work.

“My favourite tree today: the oak. At one time, oak trees made up a third of all tree cover in Britain.  Oak trees need an especially high intensity of sunlight to photosynthesize so tend to grow leaves mostly on higher branches, when conditions allow. Their bark is extremely tough, and so they can survive a lot of damage. The oak tree once held a special place for the Celtic druids, as a sacred tree and, with their characterful shapes and gnarled-looking bark, it is easy to imagine why these captivating trees were felt to have a magical presence.”

From 1 February 2021, Nevis is running #100DaysOfGreenNevis, where our musicians, staff and trustees will each take on a task for 100 days linked to Sustainability. We’d love for members of the public to join us, either by following the campaign online to get ideas of what they can do, or to show us their own actions for us to share. If you would like to know more, do get in touch at 

Nevis Ensemble’s #GreenNevis campaign in 2019 won the Environmental Sustainability award at the 2020 Scottish Awards for New Music, and was shortlisted for Best Campaign by Julie’s Bicycle.